(How many thunder gods does it take…?)
by Phil Perich for the True Believers Blog
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe might be shocked to learn that right now in the Mighty Thor comic that Odin’s favorite son is missing and Jane Foster wields Mjolnir as the new Thor.
This is nothing new. Thor has been replace a few times in his publication history. Here are a few examples:
- Roger “Red” Norvell
Originally part of a news crew brought to Asgard by Loki, Red Norvell falls in love with Sif and attempts to steal Thor’s hammer. Only later is it revealed that Red is just a pawn in a plan of Odin’s to create a “replacement” Thor to die in place of the real Thunder god and fulfill a prophecy. Years later, when Thor would leave Asgard behind after a disagreement with Odin, Odin would resurrect Red to serve as Thor in his royal court.
2. Beta Ray Bill
Beta Ray Bill was the champion and protector of his race, the alien Korbinites. After an encounter and misunderstanding with Thor, Bill took Mjolnir to protect his race. Proving he was a worthy and honorable hero after lifting the hammer, Odin gave Bill his own hammer to fight evil, the powerful Stormbreaker, with the same powers as Mjolnir.
3. Eric Masterson/Thunderstrike
Eric Masterson was originally bonded with Thor after Eric is injured in a battle between Thor and Mongoose. Months later, When Thor is banished for killing Loki, Eric is left with his hammer and all its powers. Eric serves as the new Thor with the Avengers for months before Thor is found, buried deep in Eric’s mind.
When Thor returns he plans to leave Earth. Not wanting to deprive the Earth of Asgardian protection, Thor gives Eric his own enchanted weapon and identity, both named Thunderstrike. Eric would die months later protecting the planet and people he loved.
4. Dargo Ktor
In the 26th century in a possible future, citizen Dargo Ktor operates as the new Thor after he finds the hammer Mjolnir that once belonged to the long missing Thunder god. He has teamed up with the Guardians of the Galaxy and with Beta Ray Bill and Eric Masterson during a time travel adventure.
Hopefully now you can tell one Thor from another. If you’d like to talk about this subject or any possible future Marvel topics, let me know in any of the following ways:
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Until next time my friends…Nuff Said!